Robin Lee demonstrates how to properly set a table.
Robin Lee demonstrates how to properly set a table at a etiquette camp hosted by the 4-H Club.

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4-H Club hosts etiquette camp

Published 5:00pm Thursday, July 25, 2013

The 4-H Club hosted a two-day etiquette camp starting July 25 at the Alabama Rural Heritage Center in Thomaston.

During the two-day camp, 11 children, ranging in age from 4 to 9, learned how to set a table, fold napkins, serve themselves and use proper manners for parties and business gatherings.

Camp participants learn how to set a table.
Boy campers learn how to set a table.

Robin Lee taught the children how to set a table for everyday use and for more formal gatherings. Beth Wideman taught how to fold napkins and the proper way to use a napkin.

“It’s never too early to learn good manners,” said Kathryn Friday, who helped create the camp. “We are here to help re-instill what mothers and fathers have taught their children with hopes that they will remember it well into their adulthood.”

Girl campers practice folding napkins.
Girl campers practice folding napkins.

Friday is coordinator of the Marengo County Extension Office.

On Friday, the last day of the camp, the children will participate in a dinner party to show off what they have learned over the course of the camp, using real place settings, napkins and silverware.

“I’m proud of the progress I’ve seen in each of the children,” said Friday. “They seemed to have a really great time, and they learned a lot in the process.”

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